deadening

[ US /ˈdɛdənɪŋ, ˈdɛdnɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /dˈɛdənɪŋ/ ]
NOUN
  1. the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
ADJECTIVE
  1. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    a dull play
    tedious days on the train
    the tiresome chirping of a cricket
    his competent but dull performance
    other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome
    a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention
    the deadening effect of some routine tasks
    what an irksome task the writing of long letters is
    a boring evening with uninteresting people
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How To Use deadening In A Sentence

  • If there is a criticism to be made, it is that the album is rather unrelenting in its pace, deadening the impact of the later songs.
  • Before the nailing to the cross took place, a medicated cup of vinegar mixed with gall and myrrh (the sopor) was given, for the purpose of deadening the pangs of the sufferer. Easton's Bible Dictionary
  • Another problem is that often within them lies what I call the deadening paradox. Slugger O'Toole
  • The superficiality, the alienation, the escapism and the hollowness are a result of a steady bombardment of confusing and deadening messages designed to reduce us to passive consumers. The 20 Best Progressive Novels
  • This resembles the deadening of the emotions paradoxically required for the exquisitely heightened sensate perception in the Marquis de Sade's novels.
  • Was this an expression of the "deadening" of the human spirit that takes place in Florida? "My hollow shell gives you the finger."
  • It seems reasonable, on the evidence herein presented, to class alcohol among the narcotic or "deadening" drugs, such as ether or chloroform. How to Live Rules for Healthful Living Based on Modern Science
  • The superficiality, the alienation, the escapism, and the hollowness are a result of a steady bombardment of confusing and deadening messages designed to reduce us to passive consumers.
  • Such closeness to truth could be deadeningly self-indulgent. Times, Sunday Times
  • At the end of May the online publication Edge published Lanier’s essay “Digital Maoism,” which predicted that collective intelligence would have the same deadening and anticreative effect as political collectivism in general. Artificial Intelligentsia
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